Three Peaks Challenge - TRANSPORT
Firstly, people have completed this challenge on foot (running or walking), by bike, and by sailing on the 3 Peaks Yacht Race. For most people though, some kind of motor vehicle is the easiest choice. It is important that your team has some dedicated drivers/support that will not be taking any part in the walking element of the challenge. Top 10 Driving Tips for your Three Peaks Challenge
Idealy you will have a vehicle with enough space to allow you to stretch out a bit, and obviously have extra space for your walking kit, dry clothes, food and water, etc. Remember that if travelling from the south-east of England, you could well spend some 30 hours in the vehicle over the weekend..!
Some teams have crammed themselves into a Ford Fiesta, and totally regretted it. Ideally the smallest vehicle would be an estate car or 4x4 with plenty of room for kit, a couple of drivers and 2 or 3 walkers. If you have more than 3 walkers, then an MPV or people carrier is required. For 6 or 7 walkers, you're looking for a small minibus, and for a group of 10-12 walkers a 16 passenger minibus is required.
Bear in mind that vehicles with over 8 passenger seats are now restricted to 100kph (62mph), and rental companies may restrict who can drive it.
If hiring a self-drive vehicle, check where and when you can collect or drop-off the vehicle. Most companies are closed on Sundays, so if expecting to fly to Glasgow, rent a vehicle and drop it off on Sunday evening in north Wales, it may not be possible. If renting and returning from your local branch, check for any excess mileage charges. Many only allow 100miles per day before an excess, and you will be doing at least 900 during the challenge (450miles on the challenge itself).
Minibus & Driver
It is possible to organise a vehicle and driver to collect you at Chester, Lancaster, Preston or Glasgow, then drop you off in north Wales or Chester, thus reducing your logistics problems. Fly to Glasgow, get the train home from north Wales. Service start from around £900 including fuel vehicle and driver - which is possibly what it would cost you self-drive..! For more details, CLICK THIS LINK
Driving Route. For full driving route information with satnav postcodes and shortcuts, available to print off in .pdf format, CLICK THIS LINK
Transport & The Law.
Vehicles with 8 or less passenger seats should be as above, or operated as a Taxi under local authority control.
Three Peaks Challenge Driving Route.
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